1954 World Professional Match-play Championship

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World Professional Match-play Championship
Tournament information
Dates5 October 1953–6 March 1954
Final venueHouldsworth Hall
Final cityManchester
Highest breakWalter Donaldson (121)
ChampionEngland Fred Davis
Runner-upScotland Walter Donaldson

The 1954 World Professional Match-play Championship was a snooker tournament. The final was held at the Houldsworth Hall in Manchester, England.[1]

Fred Davis won his sixth World title Walter Donaldson 45–26 in the final,[1][2] although he already reached the winning margin at 37–17.[3] Davis held the highest break of the tournament, 109, until Donaldson made a break of 121 on the last day of the final.[4][5][6]


Match Dates Venue, City
Harry Stokes v Rex Williams 5–7 October 1953 Edinburgh
Alec Brown v John Barrie 9–12 November 1953 Ealing, London
Fred Davis v Harry Stokes 16–20 November 1953 Middlesbrough
Walter Donaldson v Kingsley Kennerley 1–5 December 1953 Jersey
John Pulman v Jackie Rea 7–11 December 1953 RAOB Hall, Belfast
Fred Davis v John Pulman 18–23 January 1954 Bolton
Walter Donaldson v Alec Brown 18–23 January 1954 Carlton Barracks, Leeds
Fred Davis v Walter Donaldson 1–6 March 1954 Houldsworth Hall, Manchester


Alec Brown and John Barrie met in the first quarter-final match in Ealing, London. Brown took a 10–8 lead after the first day and led 18–12 after two days and 26–22 after three days.[7][8] Brown won with a final score of 35–26.[9]

Fred Davis met Harry Stokes in the second semi-final in Middlesbrough. Davis dominated and led 29–7 after three days, which included a break of 109 of the third day.[5] Davis took a winning 38–10 lead after four days and eventually won 45–15.[10]

Walter Donaldson and Kingsley Kennerley met in the third quarter-final in Jersey. Donaldson led 30–18 after four days, needing just one more frame on the final day, and eventually won 36–25.[11]

John Pulman and Jackie Rea met in Belfast in the last quarter-final. It was closest of the four quarter-finals and was level at 24 frames at the start of the final day.[12] Rea won four of the six frames on the final afternoon but Pulman won five of the first six frames in the evening to win 31–29.[13]

Fred Davis and John Pulman played their semi-final in Bolton. Pulman led 20–16 after three days but Davis won 9 of the 12 frames on the fourth day to lead 25–23.[14] Davis won 7 of the 13 frames on the final day to win 32–29.[15]

Donaldson and Alec Brown played their semi-final in Leeds. At the end of the afternoon session on the second day, Brown led 10–5.[16] Donaldson then dominated and led 29–21 after day five, including a break of 108.[14] The final score was 36–25.[15]

Fred Davis and Walter Donaldson met in their eighth successive final. It was the most one-sided of the finals with Davis leading 33–15 after four days. Even before losing the match, Donaldson said that he would not enter the world championship again, saying he could not give enough time to the practice he felt was necessary.[17] Davis secured the victory by winning the first three frames on the fifth day to lead 36–15.[18] The final score was 45–26 with Donaldson making a break of 121 on the final day.[6]

Main draw[edit]


61 frames
61 frames
71 frames
England Fred Davis 45
Scotland Harry Stokes 15 England Fred Davis 32
England John Pulman 31 England John Pulman 29
Northern Ireland Jackie Rea 29 England Fred Davis 45
Scotland Walter Donaldson 36 Scotland Walter Donaldson 26
England Kingsley Kennerley 25 Scotland Walter Donaldson 36
England Alec Brown 35 England Alec Brown 25
England John Barrie 26


Harry Stokes and Rex Williams played a 31-frame qualifying match in Edinburgh, planned for 5 to 7 October 1953. Williams led 3–2 after the first session.[21] He was then ill and the match was abandoned, to be rearranged for a later date.[22] The match was, however, later cancelled and Stokes advanced to the next round.[23]

Round 1
31 frames
Scotland Harry Stokes w/o
England Rex Williams w/d


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